32 Then David said to Abigail: (A)“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! 33 And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have (B)kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand. 34 For indeed, as the Lord God of Israel lives, who has (C)kept me back from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, surely (D)by morning light no males would have been left to Nabal!” 35 So David received from her hand what she had brought him, and said to her, (E)“Go up in peace to your house. See, I have heeded your voice and (F)respected your person.”

36 Now Abigail went to Nabal, and there he was, (G)holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk; therefore she told him nothing, little or much, until morning light. 37 So it was, in the morning, when the wine had gone from Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became like a stone. 38 Then it happened, after about ten days, that the Lord (H)struck Nabal, and he died.

39 So when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, (I)“Blessed be the Lord, who has (J)pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and has (K)kept His servant from evil! For the Lord has (L)returned the wickedness of Nabal on his own head.”

And David sent and proposed to Abigail, to take her as his wife. 40 When the servants of David had come to Abigail at Carmel, they spoke to her saying, “David sent us to you, to ask you to become his wife.”

41 Then she arose, bowed her face to the earth, and said, “Here is your maidservant, a servant to (M)wash the feet of the servants of my lord.” 42 So Abigail rose in haste and rode on a donkey, [a]attended by five of her maidens; and she followed the messengers of David, and became his wife. 43 David also took Ahinoam (N)of Jezreel, (O)and so both of them were his wives.

44 But Saul had given (P)Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to [b]Palti the son of Laish, who was from (Q)Gallim.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 25:42 Lit. with five of her maidens at her feet
  2. 1 Samuel 25:44 Paltiel, 2 Sam. 3:15

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